>> I'm looking for a UNIX (Solaris 2.5/2.6) spreadsheet. Something in
>> the simple 123/exel mould with graphic capabilities.
>> Our company, Applied Information Systems, provides the XESS
>> spreadsheet for Solaris. While very biased, we at AIS believe that
>> Xess97 is far superior to any other spreadsheet in the X Window/
>> Motif environment.
> Can you expand a little bit on that, particularly w/ reference
> to Applix?
We believe that the XESS family of spreadsheet products (and in particular
the new version) has the richest set of features/functions (nearly 300),
the most robust design, the easiest integration with other products, the
highest performance, and the best co-existance with Excel and Lotus.
Xess97 supports a very large spreadsheet model (4095 sheets by 4095 columns
by 10 million rows, although we would not recommend all at the same time :)
with a high degree of compatibility with Excel and Lotus workbooks. The
import filters handle not just the formulas but also things like colors,
borders, background patterns, cell notes, etc. And all of this is with
a Motif-compliant user interface.
The XESS API option lets you develop applications which can control the
entire spreadsheet -- storing and retrieving data, defining functions,
tailoring the menu structures, drawing on the spreadsheet,... AIS
and others provide add-ins for specialized applications. For example,
Xess/Trade interfaces with financial market data.
XESS is not a suite of products like Applix, but we believe it is stronger
than their spreadsheet component. Check http://www.ais.com in a week or
two for demo versions of Xess97. Then you can be the judge.
Quote:> And what is the relationship between ais.com and
> xess.com? Which one makes NExS exactly?
xess.com is X Engineering Software Systems Corporation, a company formed
by professors who were involved in the development of early versions of
the XESS spreadsheet. They later developed and market NExS.
ais.com is Applied Information Systems, Inc. a 25 year old company which
develops, markets, and supports the XESS spreadsheet and related
I regret the on-going confusion in the marketplace caused by the name
applied information systems